The US has started its strategic nuclear forces exercise, the US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) announced. The excercises is codenamed as the Global Thunder 2018 and “designed to exercise all USSTRATCOM mission areas and assess joint operational readiness.”
The USSTRATCOM is one of nine unified commands in the US Department of Defense. It is responsible for strategic deterrence, global strike, and operating the Global Information Grid.
U.S. Strategic Command released the following statement on the issue (source):
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) will commence Global Thunder, an annual command and control and field training exercise, Oct. 30, 2017.
The Global Thunder series is designed to exercise all USSTRATCOM mission areas and assess joint operational readiness.
“These exercises achieve the vision of a unified team, integrating all the capabilities of U.S. Strategic Command across the globe wherever and whenever needed,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of USSTRATCOM. “We need to integrate our strategic capabilities in order to deliver multi-domain effects against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.”
Headquarters staff, USSTRATCOM components and subordinate units are participating in Global Thunder 2018 to test readiness to confront uncertainty and ensure a safe, secure, effective and ready strategic deterrent force.
One of nine DOD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global responsibilities assigned through the Unified Command Plan that include strategic deterrence, space operations, cyberspace operations, joint electronic warfare, global strike, missile defense and intelligence.